Several pieces of legislation apply in Ontario’s provincial parks such as the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006, the Liquor Licence Act and the Highway Traffic Act. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 contains rules about tobacco and cannabis and the Cannabis Control Act, 2017 contains rules about cannabis which apply in provincial parks.
In Ontario and Ontario’s provincial parks, smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping) is not permitted in areas including buildings; children’s playgrounds and 20 metres around the playground; or sporting areas such as volleyball and beach volleyball areas, designated swimming areas, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and 20 metres around the sporting or spectator areas.
Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping), is permitted on a registered campsite in a provincial park.
For more information about Ontario’s rules for recreational cannabis use, please visit www.ontario.ca/cannabis.
Why are campsites and roofed accommodations being closed?
How long will a closure be in effect? Will a closure be extended?
Can I travel outside of my area to visit a provincial park or conservation reserve?
What recreational activities are available at Ontario Parks?
If I have already paid for my reservation up to the current closure date, will I get a full refund?
What if I would like to cancel my reservation due to the uncertainty?
How should I prepare for a visit to Ontario Parks?
How do I know what facilities or activities are available at the operating provincial park I wish to visit?
Why isn’t the day use fee reduced if not all facilities and services are open?
Can I make future reservations for the 2021 camping season?
What’s the difference between a non-operating park or conservation reserve and an operating park?
How do you plan to handle physical distancing in the bathrooms and other buildings?
What precautions will be put in place to keep your public washrooms clean?
How do I follow safe handwashing practices if washrooms are unavailable at non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves? Should I wear gloves or a mask/face covering when at a park?
Will Ontario Parks staff turn us away if we are from outside of the local area/outside of the province?
A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, more commonly referred to as a drone, is an aircraft. Aircraft (including drones) cannot be taken into or operated in a provincial park without authorization from the park superintendent. If the park superintendent authorizes the operation of a drone, the drone pilot must:
Transport Canada is responsible for the regulation of drones and more information is available by following this link: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety.html
Ontario Parks recognizes that the practice of scattering cremated remains is an important part of the religious beliefs of many families. Anyone who wishes to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one can do so in Ontario’s provincial parks on both land and in water.
Who do I contact?
It is recommended that you contact the Park Superintendent in advance to arrange a suitable, accessible location within the park. Provincial parks that have a designated site are:
Forks of the Credit
As a reminder, all day-use visitors entering an Ontario provincial park must purchase a permit which allows the vehicle and its occupants to be in the park between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
What do I need to know?
Ontario’s provincial parks are dedicated to the people of Ontario and to visitors, for their inspiration, spiritual, education, health and recreational enjoyment – with the intention that these areas be managed to protect provincially significant natural and cultural features and preserved for future generations.
The Funeral Burial and Cremation Services Act prohibits the interment (burial) of human remains, including urns (containing ashes) except in a registered and operating cemetery.
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